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Hi I'm Gordon

I grew up in New York State, USA, am a convert to Mormonism, married and a father of four, and a college professor.

About Me

God has blessed my life in so many ways, far beyond my deserving. My wife and our four children, plus two wonderful sons-in-law, daughter-in-law and new grandson, make life rich and sweet. We are not especially distinguished in outstanding skills or accomplishments, but we have much joy in the many traditions and activities of our family: vacations at the beach, singing silly songs, wrestling on the family room floor, tickling each other, holiday traditions, Sunday dinners after church, Family Home Evenings every week, reading the scriptures and sharing feelings about God and His plan for us, playing sports that we are not very skilled at, board games with our own house rules, reunions with extended, very diverse, non-Mormon family members, including our cat and dogs in all we do at home... all these things and more make me who I am, lighten life's loads, give me hope for the future, and show me how good Heavenly Father is to us.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was little, I wanted to know God. Growing up I had the opportunity to study and participate in many faiths, both Christian and others. My parents taught me to be honest, kind, hard-working, and to serve others. They took leadership roles in our former church and community organizations. Yet in spite of all the good around me, I still hungered to know God personally. When I saw that the LDS Church so closely resembled the truths of the Bible and Christ's teachings in earlier days, I listened carefully to their message. Finally, I found Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Jesus touched me so that I could feel my heart and mind changing, and my soul growing. I clearly saw the apostasy of the early church as prophesied in the Bible, as well as the restoration of the fulness of Christ's gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, again as prophesied in the Bible. It not only made complete sense, but most importantly, it all was confirmed to my soul by God's Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

One thing that I love about being a Mormon is that I have so many opportunities to stretch myself in the service of others. Through visiting and helping those less fortunate, Scouting, teaching, organizing activities, leading worship services, administering to the sick and afflicted, sports, etc. I have been able to learn new talents and discover how much more I can do with the Lord's help than I ever thought possible.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Gordon
When I kneel to pray, I feel God touching my heart and my soul. When I read the scriptures, I see His plan of happiness and salvation for all His children. When I worship God, my heart is at peace in a way that can be found nowhere else. When I consider the beauty and order and magnificence of all things great and small, I sense God's wise and loving and powerful hand. Most significant of all, I know that there is a God because He has saved me through His Son Jesus Christ. I am literally born again through the grace and mercy of our Savior. I know that there is a God because I and so many other people of all sorts are touched by His love and redeeming power. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Gordon
Taking the Bible as our standard, we see that after the death and resurrection of Jesus, a new Apostle, Matthias, was chosen by revelation from God to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:20-26). Also, Paul was later ordained an Apostle to continue the work of God (Acts 14:14). Finally, the Bible indicates that Apostles and other ordained authorities were given to us to bless our lives "till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:13-14). I know that the guidance of a living Prophet and Apostles is at least as important today as it was in the days of the early Saints. Show more Show less